Gardening the Community- Springfield, MA
Major: Anthropology, Spanish
Gardening the Community (GtC) works in food dessert communities by creating gardening plots on the following streets: 49 Lebenon Street, 256 Hancock Street, 488 Central Street,100 Acorn Street, 69 Marshall Street (2013), Mason Square Library, and Tyler Street. Engaging youth from the community is an integral part to GtC and managing the garden. Not only do they work with gardens they also have a community supported agriculture program called GtC Eats! in which residents can subscribe to weekly vegetables and they're affordable with SNAP/EBT prices. GtC also takes part in a weekly farmer's market on Wilbraham Rd by recruiting other farmers, chefs, and artisans to sell their goods to the community.
My involvement this summer centered around media outlets (blogs, Facebook, and Twitter), producing recipes for the weekly CSA, and starting up weekly food demos for CSA customers. Food demonstrations occurred every Wednesday (day for vegetable pickup) and featured a vegetable of the week, which included the recipe of the food demo. Other than my involvement with food demonstrations, I also helped with administrative tasks such as grant writing, setting up appointments for field trips, and other secretarial duties. Besides these tasks, I did daily gardening with the youth and youth staff. I learned a little more about grant writing and proposal. I also learned a lot about vegetable production and the difference between weeds and produce. I learned a lot related to gardening and eatable flowers and weeds.